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The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Nov 12, 2013, 02:18 PM EST
Most people recall where they were upon hearing significant news in their life, whether it was positive or negative. I remember where I was when I heard now-former Butler basketball coach Brad Stevens was going to the Boston Celtics.
Sitting in the Philadelphia airport on July 3, I got a text message from my brother, my partner in many Butler hoops excursions, including two Final Fours and the Maui Invitational. Together, along with virtually the entire sporting world, we were flummoxed.
After the initial panic subsided, and Brandon Miller was hired as Stevens’ replacement, Butler fans moved their eyes to the future. Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse, they got a glimpse into what that future holds, with similarities and differences with the program’s recent, successful past.
Miller got off on the right foot in front of Butler’s biggest home-opening crowd (9,617) since 1993, as the Bulldogs outscored Lamar by 25 points in the second half in an 89-58 victory.
“What really made the win special was the atmosphere,” Miller said. “You see Hinkle filled to the very top, you see the Dawg Pound the way it was. For that to be the first win of the year and be 1-0, it feels terrific.”
It was tight game through most of the first half, but like so many wins under Stevens, Butler took off after adjustments were made. Miller probed for weaknesses, and found them inside. Senior forward Khyle Marshall dominated, with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“At halftime we realized that I could’ve gotten in (the paint) more,” Marshall said. “So we really picked it up after halftime and it worked out really well for us.”
Stevens held the philosophy that leadership isn’t limited to class. With the dedication and fire Marshall and Erik Fromm (10 points Saturday) have shown, Miller is leaning on his two seniors.
March 3, 2014
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February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
April 18, 2014
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